When you're visiting a city for the first time there's nothing better than getting tips from a local on where to eat, where to shop, and for unique suggestions beyond the usual guide book inklings!
We caught up with Los Angeles’ local Jess Taylor, an interior designer at Disregarden with a keen eye gathering and restoring unique objects, for her insider scoop on Spanish fusion food restaurants, hipster bars in Echo Park, architectural gems and small art galleries worth checking out in LA.
Baco Mercat – A Spanish fusion restaurant in downtown LA, it uses in-season vegetables and features an ever-changing menu. The flavours are complex, but the presentation is simple.
Barton G. The Restaurant – Los Angeles is such a foodie haven, and this is one of my favourite places. Its menu is a series of playful takes on the yummiest comfort foods. Don’t miss Marie Antoinette’s Head, the ‘let them eat cake’ dessert.
Mohawk Bend – This converted theatre is a beer temple amidst the hipster mecca of Echo Park. The food is all Californian and the Indian Pale Ale selection is seriously impressive.
Rebel Bingo – This venue features, you guessed it, bingo, flowing cocktails, great music and an eclectic group of people. Locations tend to move around, so check its Facebook page.
Movie Stars' Homes and Beach Tour – What's not to love about a day of sun, sea and stardom! Cruise around Beverly Hills checking out movie stars' homes and get right amongst the glitz and glamour.
Abbot Kinney – Just off Venice Beach, this super-hip block offers on-trend boutiques, restaurants, food trucks (on the first Friday of every month), ice-cream parlours and bars.
Watts Towers – The most underrated architectural gem in LA, the 17 sculptural towers were designed and constructed by a poor Italian immigrant in his backyard.
Laguna Beach – Head an hour south of LA and you’ll find some of SoCal’s most expensive real estate. The surfside town of Laguna Beach has access to some really beautiful beaches.
Insider info #1 – Check out Norton Simon Museum. This small art gallery features pieces by Picasso, Degas and Rembrandt.
Insider info #2 – Escape Room LA is a real-life interactive game that features different scenarios. You need to unlock the clues to exit the room.